Hot looks to keep you cool
Soaring temperatures call for flowing dresses and light, breathable fabrics
It can be hard to dress for summer’s hottest days. When it’s a relaxed, laid-back vibe, the line between keeping cool and dressing appropriately isn’t always easy when it’s over 30 degrees outside. It’s all about being strategic and using some sneaky shortcuts to ensure maximum breeziness.
● The looser, the better. I love the feeling of a dress flowing around me as I walk. And by keeping your clothes loose, the less fabric that is actually touching your body, the more comfortable you will feel. Ditch the tight tank and shorts and try a loose maxi dress which will keep you so much cooler.
● Choose garments that are in natural fabrics like linen, bamboo and cotton. Cotton is a lot more breathable than man-made polyester blends. It’s also better at absorbing sweat and dries a lot faster.
● Keep a lightweight scarf with you to drape around your shoulders or over your head whenever you feel like you might be getting too much sun. It’s so lightweight that you’ll barely feel it. ● A smaller, lightweight scarf is useful to keep your hair off your neck and to absorb any sweat. Use it to tie up your hair or wet it with cold water and wear it around your neck for some extra relief.
● Cover up to protect your skin from the damaging sun and to stay cool. The direct heat will raise your body temperature. The more skin that is covered, the better. Long, wide leg pants or a maxi dress will offer better protection than short styles. Cotton dresses or tops with long billowing sleeves are a sun smart option, allow the air to circulate and are very on trend.
● Stick to light coloured pieces. Dark colours will absorb the light and can make you feel hot, while light colours reflect light and will keep you cool. Dress in the beautiful whites, pastel blues and pinks, creams and yellows that are on trend this summer.
They will keep you feeling cooler, and brighten your mood, more than dark colours.
● If you must wear a structured jacket, dress or skirt try to look for options that are unlined. The lining will often be a synthetic fibre and add an extra layer trapping the heat.
Enjoy this sun-soaked time of year in the stunning Northern Rivers and keep cool while doing it.
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Coop You Do Daisy Dress, $195, available from Zest Boutique Byron Bay.